Ara Institute Of Canterbury Design

A career in the field of design covers a broad spectrum of activities. Design is everywhere around us, and successful artists have the ability to think outside of the conventional and conceptualize their ideas into reality.

Depending on your specialisation, you could build a career either in companies or independently as an artist, designer or craftsperson, across areas like jewellery, ceramics, sculpture, illustration or fabric design and printing. Your understanding of design principles could see you take on design studio roles in a range of related industries including galleries, museums and theatres, or in art departments for film and television productions.Studying Design

Ara’s Art and Design programmes offer you the opportunity to become a part of a creative hub of design education, teaching you to develop your personal, creative and technical abilities in a wide range of areas.

Depending on your area of interest, you can study aspects of design in:

  • Fashion
  • Photography
  • Applied Visual Art
  • Visual Communication
  • Motion Design

In your first year you will be based in a studio with 15-20 students. Theory classes will be delivered in lectures as well as tutorials. You’ll have access to a wide range of specialist facilities, including; computer labs (Mac-based labs); printmaking and photographic studios; fully-equipped fashion workrooms, and specialist art workshops.


  • Master of Creative Practice
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Practice
  • Bachelor of Design (Applied Visual Art)
  • Bachelor of Design (Motion Design)
  • Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication Design)
  • New Zealand Diploma in Digital Media and Design (Level 5)
  • New Zealand Diploma in Arts and Design
  • New Zealand Certificate in Digital Media and Design
  • New Zealand Certificate in Creativity